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Head up towards East Anglia’s rim of coast where Norfolk and Suffolk meet the sea. Cycle past timeless creeks, bird-filled marshes and wild cliffs and dunescapes. Wheel down to little harbours, light houses and the brightest beach huts.
Our self-guided cycling holidays and cycling short breaks feature circular and linear routes and include hotel to hotel and single centre cycling tours.
Take just a little time out on two wheels to discover some of the finest jewels in the Algarve’s coastal crown. Right on the Rio Formosa natural park with its lagoons and string of barrier islands, Faro makes for a fascinating Atlantic Ocean-side capital. But Baroque city gem, Tavira is only a short pedal away along the gentle ‘Ecovia do Litoral’, whilst beckoning by the Spanish border, lie the ancient castle treasures of Castro Marim and the saltpan landscapes and bird-filled wetlands around Vila Real de Santo António. Golden beaches, bright bobbing boats; pink flamingos and Caspian terns; even over-wintering short-toed larks and black-shouldered kites – so many colourful and precious encounters are only a few miles of superb scenic cycling away. Go on, treat yourself to a breath of warm, fresh air - it’ll soon give you an appetite for all those amazing Algarve seafood specialities!
In Faro and Tavira.
Discover a world of pirate coves and peregrines, pink flamingos and mighty fortresses on a pedal east from the land of Europe’s most prized sunset, via jewels in the Algarve crown, Tavira and Cacela Velha, to the ancient castle country of Castro Marim near the Spanish border. Set out on the Algarve’s ‘Ecovia do Litoral’ coast path for a cycling adventure by golden sandy stretches and crystal lagoon waters, laden with Baroque city gems and daring castle defences, chic marinas and colourful fishing harbours. Seven precious, bird-filled natural parks line up for exploration along the gentle route, including the rocky Sagres peninsular, Vilamoura’s reedbeds, the famous Ria Formosa estuary and the saltmarshes of Vila Real de Santo António, so be sure to pop the binoculars in the panniers. Who knows, you may even spot a whale or dolphin off the tourist resort of Albufeira on this treasure-rich coast.
In Sagres, Lagos, Portimao, Albufeira, Faro and Tavira
Based in historic Tavira, this bright little Algarve single centre break points you in all the right cycling directions, but ultimately leaves the amount of rest up to you. Choose your own pace, taking up the option of circular cycle rides from your stylish, Arabian-inspired hotel and its pools. Combine time on some of the Algarve’s best beaches, in fishing villages or exploring Tavira's elegant mansion-lined streets with scenic Algarve coast and countryside cycling. Hug the Atlantic towards ancient Spanish borderlands, through maritime pine forests and the saltpans around Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António. Pedal inland along orchard-filled ‘rios’, towards the Algarve hills, through groves of oaks cultivated for their precious bark, to the ‘Cork Capital’ of historic São Brás de Alportel. With great natural parks including the Rio Formosa all around, this is a great break for birdwatchers, beach-lovers and those who might just fancy some scenic time out on two wheels.
Enjoy some of the quietest areas of north Suffolk and its Norfolk borderlands en route to the unspoilt Suffolk heritage coast, rich in history, wildlife and natural beauty. Head up to the Waveney Valley to take in the gardens of the famous Bloom family at Bressingham. There are stops near Norfolk’s Diss with its ancient meare and Suffolk’s gentle Halesworth, before the crumbling cliffs beckon at Covehithe and lead down via the nostalgic seaside resort of Southwold; ancient Dunwich and the old fishing town of Aldeburgh; Orford with its royal castle and mysterious Shingle Street to Woodbridge and tales of Sutton Hoo's treasure-rich ship burial by the River Deben.
Near Needham Market, near Diss, in Halesworth, in Southwold, in Aldeburgh and near Woodbridge.
Encounter amazing, unexpected gems of civilisation amidst the wildest woods, heaths and winding creeks of Norfolk’s big sky landscapes. Historic Walsingham has attracted generations of pilgrims; today’s Norfolk visitors have more of a habit of heading to the stylish ‘Burhams’, aka ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’. Country houses fit for a queen, castles and priories, Palladian edifices and great market towns – cycle to see them all though peaceful country lanes with a charming surprise around almost every corner.
Near Watton, Swaffham and the Fakenham area (2 nights).
Few castle cities can be more impressive than Carcassonne - and there can’t be many cycle routes as straight forward as the Canal du Midi which carves its way through captivating Cathar country. Down in the Languedoc, the climate is close to sun-baked Provence, but canal-side, the cycling is refreshingly shady and wonderfully easy-going. Nothing beats a hearty helping of Cassoulet ‘at home’ in Castelnaudry, washed down with a glass of rich, red Languedoc-Roussillion, but this tour lets you put a toe in the Med too. A great linear tour, full of locks and lovely villages, vineyards and vistas, all across easy terrain with an optional climb, but just because the view is truly worth it!
In Carcassonne (2 nights), Homps (2 nights), Narbonne and Béziers (2 nights).
Enjoy the wild variety of the unspoilt Suffolk coast and the county’s best in bold and impressive castles. Drink in colourful heathlands, bird-filled marshes and the fruits of the local vineyard. Work up an appetite on riverside routes or watching fishermen land their catch on Aldeburgh beach. Experience landscapes and seascapes which inspired writers like PD James. Will you hear the bells of Dunwich’s lost churches tolling beneath the waves?
Between Needham Market & Diss, in Framlingham, in Aldeburgh and in Woodbridge
Combine a great array of imposing fortified castles with the mellowest of Stour Valley landscapes and most charming thatched and half-timbered villages which Suffolk can offer. This tour really has something for everyone from sedate rivers by the southern heritage coast to the bustle of busy Woodbridge on the Deben and chocolate-box delights of pink thatched cottages and real village greens.
Between Needham Market and Diss, in Framlingham, near Woodbridge, in Bildeston and in Long Melford.
Make a meal of your gentle Suffolk adventure. There’s a great castle for starters in Framlingham, many delicious places to enjoy on the Heritage Coast’s varied menu, plus a rich helping of medieval wool town masterpieces for dessert. From the crumbling Covehithe cliffs all the way to haunting Shingle Street, the sea air and cycling will work wonders for your appetite. Dunwich fish and chips, Orford oysters, Aldeburgh ‘s freshest fishy catch... Suffolk is renowned for its wonderful fare. To supplement the fruits of the sea, there are local meats, cheeses and fresh fruit and veg for you to savour!
Between Needham Market & Diss, in Framlingham, in Southwold (2 nights), in Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge and in Bildeston.
A real touring opportunity to discover Suffolk’s green and pleasant lands even along the haunting heritage coast. In Debenham, village verges vie with overhanging houses and antique shops; a white post mill sits proudly on Saxtead Green; Framlingham Castle looks out across smart college lawns; at Southwold, once ravaged by fire, green swathes now space out the houses by Gun Hill; Orford castle perches on the greenest mound and at Sutton Hoo mysterious bumps mark bygone burials close to acres of turf fields. Lavenham and the great greens of Long Melford are certainly jewels in Suffolk’s crown, but the greatest emerald perhaps has to be Constable Country with its immortalised water meadows and Stour Valley slopes.
Between Needham Market & Diss, in Framlingham, in Southwold, in Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge, in Bildeston and in Long Melford.
Fancy an unbeatable combination of castles, cliffs, coastline both wild and cultured, Constable Country and the mellow moods of medieval treasure villages, but want to be sure of some time for sand between the toes in one of Suffolk’s most stylish resorts? This tour includes it all with a generous helping of Southwold right in the middle, so you can enjoy the bright beach huts, long prom and tasteful pier, smart shops and galleries, relaxed cafés and great real ale pubs.
between Needham Market & Diss, in Framlingham, Southwold (2 nights), Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge, in Bildeston and Long Melford.
Conquer a couple of estuaries with some handy ferry-hopping to cover even more Suffolk sights to your tour. This route takes in all the destinations and attractions of our 9A tour - castles, cliffs, coastline both wild and cultured, Constable Country, the medieval treasure villages plus time in stylish Southwold - and gives you even more time to explore the area around Orford, to discover Felixstowe and the Shotley Pensinsular on your way to the inspiring Dedham Vale and Stour Valley.
Between Needham Market & Diss, in Framlingham, Southwold (2 Nights), Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge, in the Dedham area and Long Melford.
If you don’t want to miss a Suffolk trick, this tour brings you an unbeatable combination of castles, cliffs, coastline both wild and cultured, Constable Country and the mellow moods of medieval treasure villages. The landscapes may be enormously varied, yet the cycling remains reassuringly leisurely. If you feel that your perfect tour might also need a spot of Southwold , that oh-so-English, smart and stylish seaside gem, then never fear – we’ve got that covered too in our slightly longer tour, Castles, Cliffs & Constable (Tour 9A).
Between Needham Market & Diss, in Framlingham, in Aldeburgh (2 nights), near Woodbridge, in Hadleigh / Bildeston and in Long Melford.
Conquer a couple of estuaries with some handy ferry-hopping using long established foot ferries across the Rivers Deben and Orwell to cover even more Suffolk sights to your tour. This route takes in all the destinations and attractions of our 8A tour - castles, cliffs, coastline both wild and cultured, Constable Country, the medieval treasure villages plus time in stylish Southwold - and gives you even more time to explore the area around Orford, to discover Felixstowe and the Shotley Pensinsular on your way to the inspiring Dedham Vale and Stour Valley.
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, in Aldeburgh (2 Nights), near Woodbridge, in the Dedham area and in Lavenham.
The castle at Framlingham looks even more imposing at a distance thanks to its reflection in the enormous Mere. Small Suffolk rivers once saw fleeces washed and prepared for the all-important wool trade . At the coast, wealth ports came and went with stormy tides... This tour maps Suffolk’s man-made and natural waterscapes, from castle meres to creeks, quaysides and shingle spits, Edwardian seaside resorts, Martello towers and tiny ferry boats, ship burials, boatyards and bygone Stour Valley trade routes captured on canvass by Constable himself.
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, near Woodbridge (2 nights) and in Bildeston or Hadleigh (2 nights).
Meet Noord-Holland - a marriage of coast, countryside and all things irresistibly Dutch. Setting out from Amsterdam, explore a world of windmills and waterways; historic harbourlands and time-honoured trades; gabled farmhouses and green polder landscapes; round golden cheeses and undulating dunescapes. And what better way to get up close and personal with these unique waterlands than touring by bike from your ‘itinerant’ accommodation on board a comfortable, classic Dutch barge. Visit the Zaan area, Alkmaar and Den Helder en route to the oh-so-beautiful-on-a-bike island of Texel, returning via the Ijselmeer ‘great’ harbours which found fame and fortune in the 17th century.
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On board the classic Dutch barge, De Holland, in an outside-facing 2 bed cabin with private facilities and air-conditioning on the lower deck.
Here’s a gentle adventure with a difference. Ride the Dutch seas in style on board a luxurious, classic sailing schooner and explore the wonderfully wild Frisian Islands on the edge of the North Sea by bike. Set sail on the ‘Mare fan Fryslân’ or ‘Leafde fan Fryslân’ from historic Enkhuizen or pedal along Noord Holland’s Zuidersee coast to the great Den Oever dam causeway, then hop from island to island, exploring each one on nifty networks of cycle tracks. Visit Texel’s seal sanctuary, Holland’s oldest lighthouse on Terschelling and get amazing Frisian Island vistas from the high dunes of Vlieland. Historic harbours, polderlands, forests, dunes and mudflats, plus miles and miles of open water are all on the menu. A fab tour to try out your sea-legs, cycling-legs and new binoculars!
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Sail away in style on board the classic ‘tall ship’ schooner, Wapen fan Fryslân, and hop around the Frisian Islands, exploring each wild world via neat networks of cycle tracks. It’s a voyage of discovery with a difference – a chance to ride the Dutch seas and ride a bike through some of Europe’s most unique natural landscapes. Watch the seals around Texel; see Holland’s oldest lighthouse on Terschelling and look out across the North Sea’s island string from Vlieland’s highest sand dune. The historic harbours of Enkhuizen and Den Oever are on the menu, so too the impressive IJsselmeer dam, plus polders, forests, dunes and mudflats. Suitable for seasoned seafarers, cyclists and all round novices alike, this is not just a tour, but one exhilarating experience.
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On board the 2 mast sailing schooner, Wapen fan Fryslân, in a 2 bed cabin with private facilities and a porthole which can be opened.
They say King John lost his jewels in the marshlands of The Wash, but pedal out from historic King’s Lynn to the fine city of Norwich on this superbly scenic cycle tour and you’ll discover that Norfolk’s coast and countryside is just one enormous treasure trove. So what will catch your eye? The glinting creeks where Lord Nelson learnt to sail or the sparkling waters of the Norfolk Broads?
Medieval church rood screen golds or emerald village greens? Silvery flint facades, Georgian architectural gems or Palladian stately home piles? Take your time and your binoculars as you wind down quiet rural lanes, small roads and some traffic-free paths like one of Dr Beeching’s Norfolk legacies, the Marriott’s Way. With Hunstanton’s rare red cliffs, Holkham’s vast golden sands, bird-rich nature reserves and precious preserved steam railways as well as Royal Sandringham, it’s hard to choose one crowning glory. Perhaps above all, it has to be Norfolk’s big skies? A real breath of fresh air – quite priceless.
Near King’s Lynn, in Old Hunstanton, the Houghton Park area, in Holt (2 nights), in the Aylsham area and in Norwich.
If you like beautiful beaches, a splash of city culture, paella at its freshest and deliciously gentle scenic cycling, then this tour from vibrant Valencia into the vast nature reserve of Albufera has to be for you. The university city is a great colourful mix of medieval and ultra-modern architecture just made for exploring by bike, but venture south down dedicated coastal cycle paths to the outstretched waters of the Laguna de L’Albufera and the rice fields of Spain and you could be in pedalling paradise. The beautiful beach-side Parador El Saler makes for a rewarding retreat complete with spa and golf course as well as a great base for circular tours inland to ‘rice capital’, Sueca, or down to Cullera, where flatlands and mountains meet by the Mediterranean.
In Valencia and Parador El Saler (2 nights).
Take a little longer to nestle down into the Norfolk pace of life, with an extra day at the beginning of your Walking Breaks stay in East Anglia. Explore the area around Old Hunstanton home to West Norfolk’s iconic stripey red cliffs or venture north up the coast where the mysterious, early Bronze Age ‘Seahenges’, Holme I and II were discovered near the end of the ancient Peddars Way path. From Old Hunstanton to Sheringham, the Norfolk Coast Path leads past Lord Nelson’s homelands, taking in breathtaking vistas and inspiring seascapes, meandering creeks and sandy bays, stately home sites and steam railways.
But on this wild, conservation coastline, it is birdlife which so often steals the show as you wing your way between marshland nature reserves and historic quaysides, past the beacon towers of churches, clusters of flint cottages and memories of monastic settlements. From seal-spotting opportunities at Blakeney Point to salty samphire and the freshest seafood treats, this self-guided coastal encounter with Walking Breaks is simply full of delicious surprises.
In very comfortable properties in Old Hunstanton (2 nights), Burnham Market, Wells-next-the-Sea, Blakeney and Upper Sheringham.
It’s the big one! Welcome to the definitive bike tour of Suffolk. Head up past impressive castles and ancient villages to the Waveney Valley before reaching Covehithe’s crumbling cliffs and cycling the entire length of the beautiful Heritage Coast. We’ve included extra time to relax and explore in and around the elegant Southwold and history-rich Woodbridge on the Deben. Rural routes lead westwards to get a quick taster of the medieval wool towns, before swooping down on Constable Country . Then it’s time to wind through half-timbered Lavenham to more Georgian Long Melford, Gainsborough’s Sudbury, medieval Castle Hedingham and captivating Clare. Bury St Edmunds boasts a ‘new’ cathedral plus the famed Abbey Gardens, preparing you for more floral treats at Bressingham and at Helmingham Hall on your route homeward.
In Ipswich, Framlingham, Halesworth, Southwold (2 nights), Aldeburgh, near Woodbridge (2 nights), in Bildeston, Long Melford, near Clare, in Bury St Edmunds and near Diss.
Full of local colour, this rural route leads to a stay near the heritage coast itself just a pedal push away from hauntingly beautiful heathlands, forests, creeks and shingle stretches. Highlights include historic market towns;the panorama from Framlingham’s curtain wall castle; lines of vines; rows of Southwold beach huts and an endless crinkle-crankle wall disappearing into the distance at Easton on the return stretch.
Between Needham Market & Diss, Halesworth and Westleton.
This is one breath-taking tour – not in terms of miles or terrain, but thanks to the stunning views of amazingly unspoilt coastline. Start out through rural villages and market towns full of historic surprises, before reaching Covehithe’s crumbling cliffs and heading down to timeless Southwold. Bird reserves, wild dunes and winding creeks are all part of the natural enchantment; so too the man-made confections such as eccentric Thorpeness, Aldeburgh’s famous sculpture, Orford’s hauntingly mighty castle and smart Woodbridge on the Deben.
Near Needham Market, in Framlingham, in Southwold, in Aldeburgh and near Woodbridge.
Cycle the Atlantic Ocean’s Portuguese coast of contrasts. Enjoy the bright lights and heady heights of Lisbon, then set off south on a warm coastal adventure down ‘Al Gharb’, the western side of the Iberian peninsular. Cycle along quiet roads and promenades towards the Costa da Caparica. Follow more rural tracks into the rocky Arrábida hills for magnificent views of rugged cliffscapes. Explore historic settlements such as Sesimbra or Setúbal and keep an eye out for dolphins along the Costa Vicentina. The sky almost catches fire in the most dramatic of sunsets over the western world’s very tip at Cabo São Vicente, then pedal east, with the Atlantic breeze behind you, round pirate coves and fertile river deltas, beneath fine fortresses and alongside sandy beaches and dunes, marshes and maritime forests, bustling marinas and traditional fishing villages. Countless ancient peoples settled these fertile lands and left their mark by the great Guadiana estuary which separates Portugal and Spain. Today some visitors flock to wade the lagoons and wetland reserves, others to take a break on the shoreline, but coasting along by bike and stopping off where you will – well, that has to be the best of both worlds.
Is in Lisbon, Costa da Caprica, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Sant André, Sines, Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, Aljezur, Sagres, Lagos, Portimão., Albufeira, Faro and Tavira (2 nights). Selected properties include twelve 4 star and two 3 star hotels. We are pleased to discuss details on request.
Here’s a bike and boat tour with real Po-tential. Delight in the magnificent island city of Mantua on the Mincio, then explore the wide valley of the great River Po on its final journey to the Adriatic Sea, before one last spot of island hopping up the coast to the flamboyant watery world of Venezia. Also designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the fine Italian Renaissance cities of Mantua and Ferrara are real undiscovered gems and together with the lush green landscapes and flamingo lagoons of the fertile Po Delta create the perfect prelude to that colourful carnival city of grand canals and gondolas, Venice. Make the comfortable, all-Italian barge, ‘Ave Maria’, your floating home and pedal out on all sorts of gentle, scenic, circular or linear routes under the Italian sun. The cycling is self-guided, but following a tour leader is also an option if you prefer. Either way, everything is yours to discover at your own pace, from cheesy secrets of Grana Padano, colourful fairground carousels and celebrity-favoured beach resorts to herons in their hundreds and Adria’s ancient roots as a sea port.
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On board the barge, Ave Maria, in an outside-facing 2 bed cabin with private facilities and air-conditioning.
Join Italy’s longest river on its final journey to meet the Adriatic Sea – it’s a bike and boat tour with real Po-tential! Start with the island city of Mantua, just north of the great River Po in the middle of the River Mincio and cruise and cycle along the waterways to that most famous island city of all time, Venice. A visit to Mantua and Ferrara - both undiscovered city gems of the Italian Renaissance and designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites – together with the lush green landscapes and flamingo lagoons of the fertile Po Delta create the perfect prelude to that colourful carnival city of grand canals and gondolas. Make the comfortable, small barge, ‘Vita Pugna’, your floating home and pedal out on all sorts of gentle, scenic, circular or linear routes under the Italian sun. The cycling is self-guided, but following a tour leader is also an option if you prefer. Either way, everything is yours to discover at your own pace, from cheesy secrets of Grana Padano, colourful fairground carousels and celebrity-favoured beach resorts to herons in their hundreds and Adria’s ancient roots as a sea port.
2020 Prices now available
On board the small barge, Vita Pugna, in an outside-facing 2 bed cabin with private facilities.
Big is beautiful, so here’s an invitation to cycle out and explore all of Norfolk’s best bits under one enormous sky. Watch as rugged heaths and far-reaching farmlands, haunting creeks and wild coastline, rural village gems and historic Norwich - one of England’s finest medieval cities - unfurl beneath your two wheels.
Reach for your binoculars in The Broads National Park, to spot the seals at Blakeney Point or admire waterfowl and waders strutting their feathery stuff by Lord Nelson’s childhood sailing grounds on the unspoilt North Norfolk Coast.
Every gentle mile of this circular tour and its choice of day rides has history at every turn, as you cycle through low-lying landscapes along small roads, quiet country lanes and some traffic-free paths. Priory ruins, silvery flint churches, Georgian marketplaces and medieval quaysides, Victorian seaside resorts and steam railways all line up along the way - as well Royal Sandringham and some of East Anglia’s favourite stately homes like Oxburgh, Holkham and Blickling Halls. Enjoy!
Near Watton (2 nights), in Swaffham, Old Hunstanton, the Houghton Park area, Holt (2 nights), near Aylsham (2 nights) and in Norwich.
Hugely historic, the world under Norfolk’s all-embracing skies is simply the stuff of legends. This circular coast and country cycle tour from Queen Boudicca’s ancient homelands through the county which once ranked amongst England’s richest thanks to the medieval wool trade, certainly has plenty of stories to share. Discover the secrets of Tudor Oxburgh Hall and lost-in-time Castle Acre; the tale of Swaffham’s lucky pedlar and even the ancestral villages of Abraham Lincoln.
Encounter the east coast strangely facing west plus North Norfolk’s haunting dunescapes and tiny harbour villages. Royal Sandringham, the homes of England’s first Prime Minister, Anne Boleyn’s family estate - not forgetting countless monastic ruins and church treasures - line your gentle rides along quiet rural lanes and low-lying landscapes. Pedal through this famously connected wool town county and you’re sure to leave with many great cycling memories and plenty of yarns to spin when you get back home.
Near Watton, in Swaffham, the Houghton Park area (2 nights), in Holt (2 nights) and in North Elmham.
Set out along Norfolk’s magical coastline from Hunstanton’s stripey cliffs to Repton’s rhododendron-filled parkland at Sheringham, to discover meandering creeks and sandy bays, marshlands teeming with wildlife and tiny fishing villages full of flint cottages. England's Norfolk Coast Path is brim-full of breathtaking vistas, inspiring seascapes and excellent nature reserves as well as the heritage haunts of Lord Nelson’s childhood sailing grounds near stylish Burnham Market. With steam railways and stately homes also on route and taxi or Coast Hopper bus rides an option, there is plenty of scope to shorten the day-to-day walks and enjoy the attractions.
Definitely a walk where your binoculars will be your best friend if you wish, expect wildlife-watching opportunities a-plenty from wetland birds to seals basking on Blakeney Point, plus lots of local character and some mouthwatering seafood treats on this self-guided coastal encounter with Walking Breaks.
In some of North Norfolk’s most delightful small towns and villages including villages including Old Hunstanton, Burnham Market, Wells-next-the-Sea, Blakeney and Upper Sheringham.
Here’s a refreshing way to experience all those must-see places in Provence. Start by the wild flatlands of the Camargue and dive down on your bike to the beaches of the Mediterranean coast. Then slowly enjoy the cruise as the crew sail the homely passenger boat northwards along the region’s warm waterways to Avignon, mooring up your floating accommodation for overnights and delightful day rides or linear cycling stretches. From Roman aqueducts and amphitheatres to iconic windmills and medieval cliff-top castles or the colourful landscapes around Arles where Van Gogh found his inspiration, there’s a feast of rich pickings to discover at your own pace, and what better way to wash them down than with a delicious glass of Côtes du Rhône on a visit to those classic vineyards around Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
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Put the wonders of Provence into real perspective with a cruise along its sun-warmed waterways and spot of gentle pedal-pushing through Rhône Valley vistas, vineyards and the open countryside of the Camargue. The great River Rhône has made Provence what it is today – a world of deep cut gorges and wide delta plains, the centre of civilisations and reputed capital of Christendom. Join your floating accommodation by the famous Pont d’Avignon and pedal out for a taste of the place around Châteauneuf-du-Pape, before setting off on your voyage of discovery. As the crew sail the homely passenger boat along the ‘Grand’ and ‘Petit’ Rhône rivers via Arles to the canals around Aigues-Mortes, there’s both time to relax and enjoy the views on board and to follow optional circular day rides or linear cycling stretches where you’ll discover time-honoured aqueducts, abbeys and amphitheatres; rocky castles and quarry cathedrals; plus a world of wild, white horses and beautiful beaches down by the Mediterranean Sea.
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Puglia’s just magic for a cycling holiday. There are the spell-binding ‘Sassi’ cave-dwellings in the rocky north; the mysterious ‘trulli’ houses of Valle d’Itria; mighty castle towns watching over rolling vineyards and olive groves or clinging to the coast, not to mention scores of beautiful Baroque treasures all basking close to the crystal waters of the Adriatic and Ionian seas in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun. Enjoy some really great time on two wheels exploring the coast and countryside of the heel of Italy from Matera and Alberobello to Gallipoli and Lecce, the Florence of the South.
In Matera (2 nights), Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce (2 nights), Otranto and Gallipoli.
This is a tour that explores the many facets of Norfolk, from the history and grandeur of Oxburgh Hall, to the quaint medieval town of Castle Acre, the ancient ports on the North Norfolk coast, and the lovely Sandringham Estate, the Norfolk retreat of H.M. The Queen.
Near Watton, Swaffham and Great Bircham (2 nights).
For a glimmer of Puglia’s magic, it’s hard to beat this circular cycle tour which sweeps round the heel of Italy from Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’, to touch first the beautiful blues of the Ionian Sea at Gallipoli, then the crystal waters of the Adriatic near Otranto. Experience the olive greens and flamingo pink of a region whose groves and lakes are rich in flora and fauna and whose vineyards produce more wine than any other area of Italy. This may be the gentlest of our cycling adventures around Puglia, but it remains as full-bodied as the region’s renowned red wines, packing a real punch with its range of impressive castle towns, opulent Baroque treasures and its authentic Italian welcome.
In Lecce (2 nights), Gallipoli and Otranto.
Here’s a great little getaway - gentle Suffolk countryside, the inspiring heritage coast close by and a hotel set in its own parkland with all the leisure facility trimmings you can dream of including a championship golf course. It’s simply perfect if you fancy a cycle-as-you-please and chill-out-when-you-wish approach to a short break away in the country; it’s also absolutely ideal for those who want to try a spot of cycling for the first time. Our selection of 4 carefully prepared cycle tours leads to some of Suffolk’s finest castles and best-loved coastal spots, around beautiful estuaries, through woodlands and strings of lovely little villages. What a gift!
Near Woodbridge. The hotel has a health club with swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and spacious gym, a thermal suite spa for beauty treatments and an 18 hole championship golf course.
A stunning stretch of England's Suffolk coast - enjoy a Walking Breaks encounter with quiet countryside, heaths, cliffs and marshes where wildlife abounds plus the fashionable elegance and gentle nostalgia of charming seaside towns such as Southwold and Aldeburgh.
In Southwold and Aldeburgh.
This relaxing 4 day break, follows the route of our Walking Breaks Tour WB-C3, but divides the Southwold to Aldeburgh stretch over 2 days, to create a leisurely stroll with ample time to explore the delights of the coastal area.
In Southwold, Dunwich and Aldeburgh.
Here’s an encounter with coastal Suffolk that’s a real breath of fresh air. From your comfortable coaching inn by the charming village greens of Westleton, two circular day rides introduce you to some of Suffolk’s inspirational icons and plenty of its secrets too. Visit arty market towns and old fishing villages; mighty medieval churches and cliff top ruins or look up to the House in the Clouds, to Southwold’s lighthouse and its famous fine brewery. From heathland, woodland to smooth rolling countryside, truly unspoilt coastline and curvaceous creeks, it’s a landscape to fall in love with. And if that doesn’t set your heart a flutter, there’s always the east coast’s premier birdwatching spot on your doorstep at Minsmere.
In the picturesque village of Westleton near the RSPB reserve at Minsmere.
Explore the full length of England's Suffolk Heritage Coast in a glorious 4 day walk from Southwold to the crossing of the River Deben at Felixstowe Ferry. The coastal path is unspoilt, beautiful, even haunting at times (especially if you’re up on P.D. James), but it is brightly punctuated by the elegant seaside towns to produce a satisfying walk full of contrasts and interest.
In Southwold, Aldeburgh and Orford.
A 4 night version of this tour is also available with a night added in Felixstowe at the end (please note that this adds 2.3 miles to the walk on the final day).
Designed for walking friends who fancy a more leisurely pace, this tour follows the same captivating Suffolk Heritage Coast route in England as our Walking Breaks Tour WB-C4, but divides the Southwold to Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh to Orford and Orford to Felixstowe Ferry stretches each into 2 days sections. Travelling between 6-9 miles a day, you’ll be assured of a relaxing holiday along the most peaceful of coastal paths.
In Southwold, Dunwich, Aldeburgh (2 nights) and Orford (2 nights).
A colourful tour indeed, featuring refined seaside favourite, Southwold, together with a good helping of Suffolk’s timeless villages and relaxing smooth scenery. Enjoy some great cycling along lanes littered with pink thatched cottages to a truly impressive 12th century castle, superb wildlife and birdwatching sites and some of Suffolk’s most renowned heritage coastline. What’s more, this tempting tour leads you via vineyard and real country watering holes to the home of Adnams famous Southwold brewery - truly a refreshing break all round!
Between Needham Market & Diss and then the picturesque village of Westleton near the RSPB reserve at Minsmere.
Ancient villages and vineyards, Greco-Roman ruins and rocky islands, the biggest bays and beaches and large dose of Dalí – the Empordà patch of Catalunya is not just full of contrasts, but is simply one delightful surprise all round. Set out for some great cycling down towards the magical Mediterranean from colourful Girona. Big beaches stretch out from L’Estartit as small roads and coast-hugging pathways lead north past the Illes Medes, L’Escala and the ruins of Empúries to beautiful Roses bay with its famous citadel. The Empordà wine museum here is a must to get the full flavour of the region before a route full of ancient rural villages leads back to Figueres, the local capital and birthplace of Surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí.
In Girona, L'Estartit, Roses and Figueres.
A delicious story of vineyards, olive groves and Roses, this tour takes in all the fantastic Catalan contrasts of our five day tour from Girona to Figueres and adds some more superb cycling so you can really savour the flavour of Empordà’s vineyard slopes and explore La Gola del Ter estuary as well as the beaches, bays and creeks of the Mediterranean coast. Leave colourful Girona to pedal past ancient villages for a first glimpse of the glittering Med at Sant Pere Pescador. Then it's round the mountain at Montgri towards the beaches of L’Estartit. Head west along La Gola del Ter, then venture north, riding alongside beautiful beaches and through the Aigamols natural park and visiting the ruins of Empúries en route from L’Escala to Roses bay with its famous citadel. The Empordà wine museum here is fine introduction to a day of cycling the vineyards in the foothills of the Pyrenees, before a route full of ancient rural villages finally leads back to Figueres, the local capital and birthplace of Surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí.
In Girona, L'Estartit (2 nights), Roses (2 Nights) and Figueres.
A grand fiesta of fine scenery, a fascinating fusion of cultures – the true magic of ‘La Luminosa’, the ‘enlightened’ isle of Mallorca is just a two wheeled adventure away. Discover wide open plains,windmills and watchtowers and get up close and personal with craggy south coast coves. From the saddle, you'll get a different view of those eastern sandy beaches and be able to go wild in the mountains of the north-west. From Palma’s magnificent cathedral to the mighty monastery at Lluc, from orange groves and almond blossom to tiny quaysides and courtyard cafés, this tour has it all at just the right pace.
In Playa de Palma (2 nights), Colonia San Jordi, Porto Cristo, C'an Picafort (2 nights) and Port de Soller.
Start your pedalling holiday through Puglia in style, with a magical stay under the conical roof of one of the unique trulli houses in Alberobello, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. Cycle through rolling vineyards and olive groves in the lush Valle d’Itria, en route to discover the lavishly Baroque treasures of Ostuni, ‘Città Bianca’, then let the train take the strain to Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’. Back on two wheels, fortified settlements line your route near the Adriatic coast where flamingos grace the calm waters of ‘I Laghi Alimini’ just north of the Aragonese castle at Otranto. Before returning to Lecce, a pedal across Italy’s heel leads to fashionable Gallipoli by the Ionian Sea, brimful of more Baroque treats, beautiful beaches, bars and seafood restaurants.
In Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce (2 nights), Otranto and Gallipoli.
Take in some of East Anglia’s finest Great Houses, greatest sandy beaches and countless great villages dwarfed only by history, all under one great big Norfolk sky. There are Palladian mansions to pop in or pedal past and royal connections at Sandringham and Oxborough too. Great Walsingham warrants a pilgrimage beyond the beach and historic quayside of Wells; Great Massingham boasts abbey fishponds and Great Bircham a towering mill. Coast through gloriously green estates, discover stylish market towns and follow history down the Peddars Way Path. With woodland, heathland and rolling landscapes all the way, this tour is a clear contender for some truly great cycling!
Near Watton, Swaffham, Burnham Market (2 nights) and Great Bircham.
This gentle pedal around Valencia’s unspoilt coast is a natural choice for discovering a different sort of Spain. Combine the colourful culture and contrasts of Valencia’s vibrant city life with easy-going cycling by the Med’s more secret sandy beaches as you sample the stunning world of the Albufera Nature Reserve and stay at a Parador in a beautiful beachside setting. Laze by the Albufera lagoon, pedal through pine forests, look out over rice paddy fields and citrus groves and maybe even get a taste for the freshest 'Paella Valenciana' down by the fishermen’s sailboats in El Palmar. With your tour starting and finishing in historic Valencia, home to medieval 'Torres' and the striking contemporary structures of the City of Arts and Sciences in the famous Turia Gardens, this has to be the perfect Spanish city-countryside cycling combo.
In Valencia (2 nights) and Parador El Saler.
With its unique labyrinth of canals, ‘calles’ and ‘campiellos’, vibrant Venice is one truly a-mazing city. But hop across its stylish beach islands, head inland along the Veneto waterways from the flamingo lagoons and fertile plains of the great Po Delta and you’ll be rewarded with rich and relatively undiscovered Renaissance cities with palazzi and piazzas by the score. Make the comfortable, all-Italian barge, ‘Ave Maria’, your floating home on a really relaxing trip from Venice to magnificent Mantua, cycling out on self-guided (guided also an option), gentle, scenic, circular or linear routes to discover everything from the cheesy secrets of Grana Padano and colourful fairground carousels to ancient Adria and the wonders of UNESCO World Heritage city site, Ferrara.
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On board the barge, Ave Maria, in an outside-facing 2 bed cabin with private facilities and air-conditioning.
Venice, Ferrara and Mantua – three architecturally awesome cities; each one designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site; one do-before-you-die classic and two truly unsung jewels of the Italian Renaissance. Explore them all at your own pace on a really relaxed bike and barge adventure along the Venetian lagoons and waterways around the Rivers Po and Mincio. Make the comfortable, small barge, Pugna Vita, your floating home and pedal out on all sorts of gentle, scenic, circular or linear routes under the Italian sun. The cycling is self-guided, but following a tour leader is also an option. Either way, everything is yours to discover from the cheesy secrets of Grana Padano, colourful fairground carousels and celebrity-favoured beach resorts to colonies of flamingos, herons in their hundreds, Adria’s ancient harbourland roots and the wonders of UNESCO World Heritage city site, Ferrara.
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On board the small barge, Vita Pugna, in an outside-facing 2 bed cabin with private facilities.
Enjoy the best of both Catalan worlds – stunning scenic cycling from the wooded volcanic hills of La Garrotxa natural park by the peaks of the Pyrenees all the way down to the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, then northwards up the coastline of beautiful bays and beaches to the refreshing vineyard slopes near Roses. There are many ancient villages along the way; the colours and cathedral of Girona; small fishing harbours and great river estuaries; not to mention the surrealist spontaneity of Dalí’s Theatre Museum at Figueres, Greco-Roman ruins, rocky islands and of course, some really relaxing cycling. Catalunya and gentle cycling adventures were just made for each other.
In Olot, Girona, St Feliu de Guíxols, L'Estartit, Roses and Figueres.
Set off to explore the delightful market town of Framlingham with its imposing castle or the post-mill at Saxtead en-route to Woodbridge. Located on the Deben, this is a great place to spend a couple of nights with its inviting waterfront, historic tide mill, great collection of browsable little shops and architectural delights down every tiny street. A choice of circular rides from here proposes visits to Snape, Orford, Shingle Street, Sutton Hoo and Felixstowe.
Between Needham Market & Diss and near Woodbridge (2 nights).
Your stay at the Woodbridge Tudor manor house and luxury country hotel, Seckford Hall , really sets the scene for the historic Suffolk treasures you will explore on this tour. A single centre break, it is ideal for those who want to try out a cycling holiday for the first time, or who fancy mixing gentle cycling with a relaxed stay in a magnificent setting. Our selection of 4 meticulously prepared tours lets you explore castles, coast, marshlands and market towns, estuaries and seaside as the whim takes you. Head for Framlingham Castle where Mary Tudor learnt of her accession or tour market towns or coastal villages where 16th century cottages rub shoulders with more recent neighbours.
A luxury hotel in a beautiful country setting. Its superb facilities include a swimming pool, jacuzzi and gym. Health and beauty treatments may also be booked, and there is an 18 hole golf course adjacent to the hotel.
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